“To transform healthcare and make it sustainable, our system must have a robust information technology infrastructure. These investments will improve the quality of patient care and make health care delivery more efficient and effective. The investments can also be a catalyst to create jobs in a globally competitive health information technology industry in BC.”
Leveraging Information Technologies To Transform and Sustain British Columbia’s Health Care Sector
The Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership, established in 2009, is a Centre situated within the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario — home of the only health-focused MBA in Canada, the “Health Sector MBA”. The Centre is dedicated to being a catalyst for health system innovation in Canada. Innovation (cultural, procedural and technological) is the key to ensuring a viable and sustainable health system in Canada. Research shows that Canada, with its highly educated population, does quite well when it comes to the creation of new knowledge (i.e., inventions), but a poor job in translating this knowledge into productivity (i.e., innovation adoption). This paper provides an overview of its new white paper entitled, Leveraging Information Technologies To Transform and Sustain British Columbia’s Health Care Sector (K. Kellie Leitch, O. Ont, MD, MBA, FRCS(C), Karin Schnarr, PhD(C), Lou J. Pino, PhD, Anne Snowdon, RN, PhD), and recommends three key action items that will create a long-term, financially sustainable health care system for BC citizens and a competitive advantage in health information technology for our province.
Health Information Technology Innovation Adoption Industry has been significantly transformed by information technology. Manufacturers are now connected with global suppliers and customers creating business efficiency, productivity and enhanced product safety. The financial services industry moves trillions of dollars in nanoseconds in a secure and trusted electronic environment. Most of us book all of our travel arrangements including airfare and hotels from our computers at home or at work. Yet, when we look at health care, we see a system still struggling with the basics of the information age. About 2,000 health care transactions happen every minute of every day in Canada, according to Canada Health Infoway. The information recorded or transmitted contains everything from the mundane to the life-critical, and until just a few years ago, the vast majority of these transactions involved handwritten records. Critical information was filed in hospitals, doctors’ offices and clinics with limited ability to retrieve the information when and where needed. This is starting to change, but change is happening too slowly. This paper makes the case that there is overwhelming evidence health information technology adoption is critical to the future sustainability of the Canadian health care system. Investments in “health infostructure” is critical to ensure BC’s health system will benefit from a technologically enabled and integrated system. Further, these investments will seed the creation of a domestic health Information technology industry in BC that can serve both the domestic market and export solutions to the world.
Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, O.ONT, MD, MBA, FRCS Candidate Karin Schnarr, PhD Candidate Dr. Lou J. Pino, PhD Dr. Anne Snowdon, RN, PhD Originally released October 2010 at the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University.
The economic focus of this whitepaper entitled, Leveraging Information Technologies To Transform and Sustain British Columbia’s Health Care Sector (K. Kellie Leitch, O. Ont, MD, MBA, FRCS(C), Karin Schnarr, PhD(C), Lou J. Pino, PhD, Anne Snowdon, RN, PhD), will highlight and contribute the role of technology in the future of health care delivery, enhance health system sustainability, improve patient care and become an economic engine for BC.
Health IT in Canada & BC The term “health infostructure” refers to the development and adoption of modern systems of information and communication